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These pieces were derived from certain pages from a French philosopher's work that I found in the Otago University library, during my year as Mozart Fellow in the School of Humanities there. This and the fact that they were composed during the autumn give the work its title. The realisation of the work involved processes determining pitch (encompassing the whole range of the violin) and rhythm (in quarter and eighth notes); although the compositional processes may have been simple, the performance requires considerable virtuosity. Written for violinist Mark Menzies, who gave the first performance at the 09(03) Contemporary Music Festival in Auckland in October 2003.
To Mark Menzies
Loud and vigorous